If there’s one thing you know about me, it’s that I will almost always buy some vintage, well-loved, or just plain old before new.
There is an exception to that rule, however. Mattresses.
While we did accept a family hand-me-down mattress soon after we got married (that will be 22 years ago on June 14th!), that was a one time deal.
We will be in the market soon for a new mattress for our bed, so I thought I’d share some edumacation I received on choosing a mattress based on my preferred sleeping position. Which is “start on your side, roll to your back while sleeping, wake yourself up snoring and roll back to your side. Repeat.”
The following is a guest post written on this very topic! How cool is that?
The position you sleep in is often a huge factor in regard to the quality of sleep you get. Since your sleeping position affects how well you sleep, it’s important to choose the right kind of mattress. Making the wrong choice can result in sleeplessness and discomfort, and many people often overlook their sleeping position when it comes to purchasing a new mattress or bed.
Dependent on what position you sleep in, different body parts will have direct contact with the mattress, whereas others will not. With that in mind, www.bedroomworld.co.uk has compiled a list of tips to guide you when it comes to choosing the correct mattress for your style of sleep.
Those who sleep on their back might notice that the curvature of the spine is more pronounced in this position. It’s important therefore to have good support for the lower back. Stiff mattresses should be avoided since they push against the spine as opposed to providing the curved support needed by those who sleep on their back. On the other end of the spectrum, it’s also advisable to avoid choosing a bed which is too soft, as it will simply be unable to provide an ample level of back and body support. Back sleepers should opt for a medium-firm mattress.
Sleeping on your side means that your hips and shoulders are in greater direct contact with the mattress, and this can lead to a noticeable build-up of pressure on these body parts. Side sleepers should choose a bed which won’t put too much stress on the hips and shoulders – preferably one which will relieve pressure from these areas.
Memory foam mattresses are ideal for those who sleep on their side as they are generally softer, allowing the body to sink into the mattress. Softer beds will allow for easy accommodation of the natural curvature of the body while keeping the spine correctly aligned.
When sleeping on your stomach, the flattest area of the body comes into direct contact with the mattress. With this in mind, it’s a good idea to opt for a bed with a firm mattress. Choosing a soft or medium mattress could lead to suffering from backache, as the spine will take too much pressure as a result of the pelvis sinking into the bed. Those who sleep on their front should also take into consideration the elevation of their head and neck from pillows – too much could also cause neck ache.
Got any more mattress buying tips for me? Please share in the comments!
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